Hearing in SC on Sardar Rajas row today

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The hearing on the relocation of students of the Jaring-based Sardar Rajas Medical College to two government and three private medical colleges in the Supreme Court will be held today.

The three government medical colleges where Rajas students have been shifted are MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur, VIMSAR in Burla and the three private medical colleges are Hi Tech Medical College, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) and Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) and Sum Hospital

Notably on December 14, students of three government medical colleges had filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in Supreme Court, seeking the apex court’s intervention into the Sardar Rajas Medical College row.

In the SLP, the students had appealed to the apex court to direct the State government to stop the admission process of students of the Sardar Rajas Medical College in five other medical colleges.

But on December 16, the Supreme Court declined to stay the admission process of the students in government and private medical colleges.

Hearing the SLP filed by students of three government medical colleges pleading for a stay on the admission process till the matter is resolved, the apex court advised the petitioners to appeal in the Orissa High Court.

The SC had posted the next hearing on the petition to January 5.

On Monday, the Orissa High Court asked the state government to submit an action taken report (ATR) on the steps taken by it for revival of Sardar Rajas Medical College in Kalahandi district within two weeks.

The directive of the court came after the state government submitted a compliance report on the relocation of Sardar Rajas students in two government and three private medical colleges.

In its compliance report, the state government has said it has completed the admission of Sardar Rajas medicos since December 23.

The court directed the government to ensure that the regular classes of the Sadar Rajas medicos must begin by January 6 as they have lost a number of teaching sessions.

It also directed the government to take adequate steps so that the Sardar Rajas medicos would complete their courses in time.

On the recommendation of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to the state government for closure of Sardar Rajas Medical College since it has cancelled its affiliation of the college for lack of adequate infrastructure, the court observed that there is no need for closure of the institute.

The court later directed the government to submit the ATR on the steps taken by it for revival of the institute, resumption of regular classes and infrastructure development to meet the MCI norm in two weeks.